Lower Back Pain Specialist

Melbourne Spine

Pain Management Specialists located in Melbourne, FL

If you’re one of the 31 million Americans living with lower back pain, you can find relief at Melbourne Spine, in Melbourne, Florida. Omar H. Henriquez, MD, is a national leader in pain management and offers cutting-edge treatments for numerous conditions, including lower back pain. To learn more about lower back pain management therapies at Melbourne Spine, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes lower back pain?

Lower back pain is a common condition that develops for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Muscle pulls or strains
  • Herniated discs
  • Pinched nerves, like sciatica
  • Inflamed joints

Certain degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis can also lead to lower back pain.

The symptoms of lower back pain usually include aching and dull pain that often radiates into your buttocks and feet. In most cases, this pain is worse when you first wake up in the morning and after prolonged periods of sitting.

How do you diagnose lower back pain?

At Melbourne Spine, Dr. Henriquez relies on his advanced training and expertise in pain disorders to locate the source of your lower back pain.

During your appointment, Dr. Henriquez performs a complete physical examination, reviews your medical history, and discusses your symptoms. In some cases, Dr. Henriquezmight also use diagnostic injection studies, in which he injects steroids or anesthetics into specific pain areas on your spine. This approach can help Dr. Henriquezdetermined the location, type, and nature of your pain.

Based on your evaluation, Dr. Henriquez might recommend nerve conditions studies, MRIs, and X-rays to help confirm the diagnosis.

How do you treat lower back pain?

When managing lower back pain, Dr. Henriqueztypically tries conservative therapies first. These often include physical therapy to introduce movement modifications and increased activity designed to improve your muscle strength, flexibility, and posture.

Dr. Henriquez also offers treatments at the forefront of pain management, including:

  • Joint injections
  • Facet joint nerve blocks
  • Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablations
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Ultrasound-guided injections

For lower back pain that doesn’t respond to more conservative treatments, Dr. Henriquezmight recommend spinal cord stimulation.

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an innovative pain-relief treatment that uses mild electrical currents implanted in your body to block pain sensations. There are different types of SCS devices, including conventional systems, radio frequency systems, and rechargeable systems. Each of these devices is a long-term, implantable pain management solution.

If lower back pain is disrupting your life, call Melbourne Spine or schedule an appointment online today to find relief.

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